About the Match
2-0 down and three matches to go. Sri Lanka is in danger of losing the series already while South Africa will want to press on towards a possible whitewash. Can Sri Lanka change their fortunes in the third ODI?
3rd ODI Preview
The home team was in a spot of bother in the second ODI before du Plessis and Miller took the game away from the Sri Lankans. It would not concern the South Africans too much that a lot of their top order batsmen have been getting starts without going on to bigger scores because someone or the other seems to raise their hand always.
That man has been Faf du Plessis more often than of late as he continues to score runs at an incredibly consistent rate in the ODI format of the game. His century in the last match was brilliant considering the pressure Sri Lanka’s spinners had been exerting.
AB de Villiers would be disappointed to have missed out in the series so far and one cannot help but think that a big knock is just around the corner. We would back him to get 70 plus in this match.
David Miller has been ruled out of the rest of the series because of an injury and that should give Sri Lanka some solace but his replacement Farhan Behardien is no slouch either. The t20 skipper of South Africa should slot in place of David Miller and look to press for a more permanent place in the side.
The bowling performance of Chris Morris, Imran Tahir, and Wayne Parnell was very heartening again as they kept the runs down while picking up crucial wickets. Sri Lanka will have to find some ways of combating this bowling lineup real quick otherwise they are doomed to the same fate as the first two matches.
South Africa is expected to go in with the same team as the last match with only Behardien coming in for Miller.
The fact that this is a young Sri Lankan side is not disputed by anyone. The loss of Angelo Mathews for the ODI series has meant a further depletion of limited resources at the Lankan’s disposal. Somewhere, though, the Sri Lankan team management would be wondering when their players can find their feet because the tour is about to come to an end.
Dickwella and Tharanga showed glimpses of form in the second ODI, with the Sri Lankan skipper, in particular, looking like a million dollars before giving his wicket away. He would need to take some additional responsibility in this game if Sri Lanka is to have any chance.
Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva are very talented players but seem to be playing without believing that they can win. A long and tough examination like they have had can do that to players but they need to find some inspiration from somewhere to keep their team alive in this series.
Sri Lankan fans would be hoping that Sandakan would be the person to provide that spark of something special, especially as he, Dhanajaya de Silva and Pathirana threatened to wrap South Africa in a web last time around.
We would back Sandakan to pick up the most wickets again in this match. Suranaga Lakmal has been the most improved played for Sri Lanka in this series and his role as wicket taker would be very important in this game which is expected to be very high scoring.
The Wanderers is expected to be a batting paradise and punters can safely expect scores of 350 or more if South Africa bat first. 400 has been breached twice at this ground as well in the past and that too would not be out of the realm of possibility this time as well. South Africa shold win this one quite easily as well